Newcastle City Council have released a statement following the announcement that the City Pool and Turkish Baths will close to the public as of today.
They are keen to emphasise that key to the council is the need to find a buyer, and that they will not allow the building to become an eyesore.
The full statement can be read below.
“Although the City Pool and Turkish Baths close to the public today we will still be keeping the pool open for the next four months so we can fulfil our commitment to the City of Newcastle Amateur Swimming Club.
“The decision to close was made by the council as part of its package of £100m budget savings, we simply do not have the money to meet the pool’s repair bill and continue to run it on an ongoing basis.
“We will now begin marketing the site to the UK leisure sector in the hope of attracting a successful buyer that has the money to invest in the site.
"Most of the staff who work there will transfer to other facilities around the city .Some staff will have to apply for jobs elsewhere in leisure services, so we are hopeful that there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the closure.
“In the meantime, we will continue to keep the building maintained and we are aware of its important place in the city’s heritage.
"Today is a sad day for the city and for the pool’s loyal and committed user group, but we will do our best to make sure that the building is disposed to an operator for a use which will ensure that the maintenance and running costs are covered.
"We won’t know what use the building is suitable for until we market it – but our hope is that someone is interested in retaining swimming and the Turkish baths as a core use.
Regular swimmers at the pool will be aware that the University of Northumbria has reduced the price of a public swim at the Sport Central pool (which is 200m away on the same street) to £2. We hope that that this will encourage swimmers to transfer their use to the UNN pool.
"The sports injury clinic will continue to operate as normal after public use of the building has ceased.”